My guest today are none other than DANGERDISKO! They have made hits such as Cruisin’, Unleash The Beast and Midnight Vendetta (video above)! I was able to kick it old school with Robotron 5000 of the duo, to do this interview!
3.47: How did the name come about? And how did you meet up?
DANGERDISKO: We both came from the same hometown of Subang Jaya, a satellite city just outside of Kuala Lumpur. We actually met through Shaheed’s younger brother who went to the same high school as I did. We started hanging out and we both discovered that we both were bedroom production enthusiasts and we’ve been best friends ever since. I guess it all started from there, that was around 12 years ago. We were messing around at a Burger King while thinking for names and we saw an electrical box with “DANGER!” on it. With burger sauce dripping from my face, I looked at Shaheed and said “Danger?” and he said “Disko?”. Boom, that was it. Pretty lame, I know.
3.47: How long have you both been making music for?
DANGERDISKO: My musical journey started around 13-15 years ago. I was a musical enthusiast, as it was the only thing I could do right during my high school years. I was terrible at sports and I dreamed off a lot during classes. Music was the only thing that got my attention. I could say that Shaheed’s journey began about the same time, until we crossed paths and decided to make music together.
3.47: Was this something you both always wanted to do?
DANGERDISKO: Oh yes, definitely. It was always at the back of our minds, even when we were doing our day jobs. It’s a haunting part time job, you’re always looking forward to the weekend.
3.47: Are you surprised at how big it’s become?
DANGERDISKO: Definitely. When we first started out DANGERDISKO, the party people of Kuala Lumpur didn’t understand the whole nu disco sound and movement. They were so used to “harder” sounds. We used to play to 5-8 people, sometimes none at all. But as the years go by, the numbers kept doubling. Next thing we know, we were headlining festivals and playing at Future Music Festival Asia. It’s pretty surreal but it’s definitely not an overnight thing. I guess our perseverance finally paid off.
3.47: What was your reaction like when you saw the feedback coming in about your music?
DANGERDISKO: Gobsmacked as always. It’s something we can’t describe whenever people praise you for your music. It never gets old and we’ll never get tired of it.
3.47: You had a live show, what was it like been on stage?
DANGERDISKO: We just did our biggest live show a couple of weeks ago at Festival Belia Putrajaya. It’s by far the biggest stage setup we’ve ever had the chance to work on, the LED screens, lasers, etc. They even had a trap door! Doing live shows is actually a lot of work and it takes more than just the both of us to pull it off. It’s not the same as popping in a CD and playing to 8,000 people. We’ve been blessed with a group talented and amazing people that makes up our team. Without these guys, we’d be helpless. It takes a lot of discipline, imagination and hard work to pull off a flawless live show.
3.47: Are you hoping to play more live shows overseas in the future?
DANGERDISKO: HELL YEAH! Hopefully we’ll get the chance!
3.47: Would you say making your own tracks is easier than a remix or just as hard?
DANGERDISKO: Both have it’s own challenges. With a remix, you’ll need to think outside of the box and go beyond the expectations of fans of the original song you are remixing. With an original, you start off with a blank canvas and as a producer, you decide everything. It’s all very exciting for us.
3.47: What do you do in your spare time?
DANGERDISKO: Juggling our day jobs and a music career is pretty tasking. So whenever I get the free time, I’d probably sleep. Haha. I do collect action figures, so that’s a vice I indulge on. For Shaheed, he’ll be either playing PC games or hanging out with his fiancé or his friends. We’re actually quite geeky and boring, haha.
3.47: Do you guys play video games at all?
DANGERDISKO: I used to, but not anymore. Shaheed does though. He’s a PC games enthusiast.
3.47: If you had to pick a favourite video game what would it be?
DANGERDISKO: All time favourites of mine would definitely be Thief, Quake II and Caesar III. Sorry a bit old school. For Shaheed, his current favourite is Shogun Total War.
3.47: What would you say are the advantage/disadvantage of been independent?
DANGERDISKO: Advantage: Doing everything ourselves. Disadvantage: Doing EVERYTHING ourselves.
3.47: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
DANGERDISKO: For me it’s Bobby Tank’s ‘Learn From You’ and for Shaheed it’s Trentemoller ‘Never Stop Running feat. Jonny Pierce’.
3.47: What can we expect from you in the future?
DANGERDISKO: We’re finally releasing our debut album this year. It took us almost 3 years to do it, so we’re pretty ecstatic. Also, right after that we’ll be releasing a new EP under our new label Media Blackout.
3.47: Do you have any other hidden talents?
DANGERDISKO: I can fit a 50 cent coin in my nostril, don’t know if that counts as a talent.
3.47: If you had the power to run your own label, what would you call it?
DANGERDISKO: Actually, given the chance we would probably pass the responsibility to someone else. Running a label is super hard and is a completely different level of the game, and it’s not something we’d be interested in doing anytime soon. Too much human interaction and business politics involved with running a label, and that’s not exactly something we’re skilled at or would like to do. We just wanna make music and we’ll leave the business aspect of it to someone who is more qualified.
3.47: Given the chance who would you love to work with?
DANGERDISKO: Oh so so so many acts. If I could name only one from the top of my head, it would probably be Breakbot. Met him in 2012 when we opened for his Kuala Lumpur show and he’s by far one of the most humblest and down to earth superstars we’ve ever met.
3.47: What’s the best advice you been given?
DANGERDISKO: “If you can give out your music for free, do it. It’s the best thing you can ever do for your brand.” – Vito Aeroplane
3.47: What advice can you give others who want to be like yourself?
DANGERDISKO: Never give up. Perseverance does pays off. Just keep doing what you do and don’t anybody tell you otherwise. If you don’t believe in yourself, how would you expect others to do so?
3.47: Final question! Anything you want to say to your fans out there?
DANGERDISKO: Wow, honestly we’d never thought we’d see the day that we’d have real fans outside of our friends. Thanks for listening and stay tuned for more of our releases!
Photo Credit: DANGERDISKO profile shot by Saufi Nadzri. Festival Belia Putrajaya shots by Fey Ilyas
3.47 would like to say a massive thank you to DANGERDISKO for spending the time doing the interview! Until next time guys!